Looking for the BEST TURKEYS for Thanksgiving - St. Louis area only
I was very pleased with the turkey I got from Simon Kohn's kosher meat market on Old Olive last year, and I'm ordering another this year. Kosher turkeys require a bit more work, since they are minimally processed, and therefore need to be gone over to remove pinfeathers, etc. But the results were definitely worth the small extra effort. (I used the high heat--500º--method advanced by Barbara Kafka in her book, "Roasting," and had great success.)
Were you able to get a FRESH turkey last year at Kohn's? We ordered our usual fresh kosher turkey from Diamant's, but Mr. Diamant wasn't able to get any.
I was at Trader Joes in Brentwood on Sat. night and saw that they carry fresh Empire poultry, including fresh ground turkey. Tomorrow night, I will ask if they will get fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving. I would prefer to give my business to Mr. Diamant, however.
FYI, the kosher turkey has been soaked in salt water: brined. My husband and I broke out in laughter a couple of years ago, as a chef speaking on NPR advised cooks to brine their turkeys before roasting. Hello! The purpose of brining a kosher turkey (one that has been slaughtered properly) is to remove the blood, which cannot be eaten.
Call the Smokehouse in Chesterfield. I know that they will order fresh turkeys. I once did a special order for veal shanks for osso bucco. They were fantastic to work with. My osso bucco sucked, though for the record (however, it had nothing to do with the beautiful shanks, just the crappy recipe, I think)
Otherwise, I wonder if Whole Foods has orders for free range, organic turkeys?